Peta Credlin's support for a ban on the burqa in parliament house has the potential to undermine the Prime Minister's own call for calm in the heightened national security, a prominent Labor MP says.
The holiday may be over for Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.
A bipartisan parliamentary committee has found the Abbott government's proposed "learn or earn" budget measure would breach Australia's human rights obligations if implemented..
Prime Minister Tony Abbott's most senior advisor, Peta Credlin, has told Liberal National MP George Christensen she is sympathetic to a burqa ban in Parliament House on security grounds, but warned him not to inflame community tensions while debating the head wear.
A war crimes suspect accused of brutalising Muslim civilians during the bloody Bosnian conflict has been living freely under the noses of federal authorities in Canberra for a decade.
A move within the Abbott cabinet to establish a homeland security super-ministry drawing together several major departments and functions looks to have been scuttled because senior figures viewed it as an attempt by backers of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to elevate him to future leader status.
Experts say negative gearing is having a greater impact on Australia's rapidly rising house prices than Chinese investment.
The Abbott government was warned that the Australian Tax Office was ill-equipped to tackle a potential multibillion-dollar international tax dodge as it prepared to cut 3000 ATO staff.
The ABC must accept full responsibility for any controversial program cuts rather than blaming the Abbott government, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned.
New laws set to be passed by Canberra this week will make it a crime for the media or anyone else to disclose the death of an innocent bystander caught up in a bungled covert spy agency operation, the government’s dumped Independent National Security Legislation Monitor has warned.